The five food groups

It is recommended you should enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods from these five food groups every day:

  • Plenty of vegetables of different types and colours, and legumes/beans
  • Fruit
  • Grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high fibre cereal varieties, such as breads, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles, polenta, couscous, bulgar, oats, quinoa and barley
  • Lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, and legumes/beans
  • Milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or their alternatives, mostly reduced fat

And drink plenty of water (if not on a fluid restriction). You should aim for 2L of fluid each day unless you have been told by your medical team to restrict your fluid intake to a particular amount. Australian Government  National Health and Medical Research Council. Department of Health and Ageing. Australian Dietary Guidelines 2013. Available from: